Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, Expand Design Ltd is a London-based studio engaging in architecture and furniture design by investigating the correlation between history, base materials and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art fabrication techniques. Through our projects, we unearth unidentified typologies that are inspired by the past, grounded in the present, and on a journey to a new aesthetic domain.
PressPosted by Admin Jul 30, 2015 14:06:24 he publication was curated by Chus Martínez and commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Basel-Stadt. Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' exhibition is covered by Edgar Pieterse and Tau Tavengwa’s contribution to the project.
Pieterse, Edgar and Tau Tavengwa.”Making Africa.” The Future is Here, Mousse Magazine, no 49. June 2015 Feature available to download via link below:
Designer BioPosted by Admin May 29, 2015 12:46:06 Ifeanyi’s minimalist and futuristic vision draws on a modernist ethos informed by his architecture studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; the Architectural Association, London; and Columbia University, New York. As an artist and designer of Nigerian origin, he is a world citizen who seeks inspiration from diverse sources across the globe. These wide-ranging influences vary from the residual undercurrents of Miesian modernism and its significance to the performative potential of materials in relation to the body, all of which operate at the intersections of art, architecture and design. He has worked for the offices of John Ronan Architects, Chicago; Zaha Hadid Architects, London; and has collaborated with the fashion design studio of Hussein Chalayan. In 2003 he joined the London-based structural engineering practice AKT II where he worked within their Parametric Applied Research Team to develop an integrated approach to explore and represent complex architectural scenarios. Throughout both his academic and professional pursuits, Ifeanyi has explored his fascination for art, culture and technology, consequently founding Expand Design and presenting the debut collection in the 2010 edition of Milan Design Week. Since then his works have been widely exhibited in Europe as well as the US, Nigeria and China. In 2013, Galerie Armel Soyer presented his first solo show Look Mum, No Hands in Paris. In 2015, the Vitra Design Museum included his Splice chair in the travelling exhibition Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design which will visit Guggenheim Bilbao and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.
Ifeanyi lives and works in London and is represented by Galerie Armel Soyer, Paris; and Priveekollektie Art & Design, Heusden.
For Episode 178, Monocle 24's design radio show Section D focused on design in Africa, with David Plaisant chatting with Vitra’s ‘Making Africa’ curator Amelie Klein and Tom Morris moderating a roundtable discussion in conjunction with Pierre-Christophe Gam.
Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' is now open until the fall when
it travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao.
into 4 parts, the show presents a unique perspective on the creative diversity
of the continent with the examples drawn from art and design connected by
the strand of multidisciplinarity. In the words of curator Amelie Klein, ‘making’
here is presented to “challenge our complacency with mass production,” as well
as illustrate the “transformative potential of design” in parallel to socio-political advancements on the continent.
Part 1, The Prologue, explores ways of seeing.
Part 2, I and We, explores identity and belonging.
Part 3 explores the theme of ‘space and object’ in relation to the urban
environment, emphasising informality as engine driving the continent.
Part 4 explores the theme of ‘origin and future’.
Enjoy this wonderful video presentation from Vernissage TV. Video stills by Vernissage TV.
Splice, Aluminium, 2012 790 x 820 x 460 mm / 31.1 x 32.3 x 18.1 in
Splice will be featured in 'Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design' at the Vitra Design Museum. The show is curated by Vitra’s Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, as consulting curator.
The exhibition assembles work from over 120 artists, architects and designers working within the continent and diaspora, with a view to showcasing the transformative potentials for design in the 21st century.
From March 14th through September 13th 2015, before travelling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in the fall.